User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

Action

Description

In action games players are required to have good reflexes and quick reaction in order to overcome challenges. Action games typically focus on combat, during which the player must press buttons or keys rapidly or in timed intervals in order to execute attacks and other moves. Non-combat challenges may include avoiding traps, jumping, running, completing tasks within a pressing time limit, etc.

Common action sub-genres are shooters, fighting, and platform games.

Though most racing / driving, sports, and many simulation games contain action-oriented gameplay, they can be considered action games only if they specifically emphasize arcade-like, reflex-based gameplay.

Action games may include extensive non-violent exploration and/or puzzle-solving, or combine themselves with other genres, e.g. role-playing or driving.

Quick thinking is often required to succeed in action games; however, games that specifically emphasize quick thinking over reflexes are usually real-time strategy or puzzle games.
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Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

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PC Booter (2014)

An open-source PC clone of the mobile phone hit Flappy Bird, written in 16-bit assembly language and distributed (as the...

Floppy Frenzy PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1982)

In Floppy Frenzy, players guide a floppy disk through a maze, being careful to avoid dust and magnets. Players can...

Flora's Fruit Farm Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Flora has recently moved to a new home in Clementine Valley and goes out to explore the surroundings. Not far...

flOw Browser Front Cover

Windows (2006), PSP (2008), Macintosh (2006), PlayStation 3 (2007), Browser (2006), PS Vita (2013) and PlayStation 4 (2013)

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Flower PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2009) and PlayStation 4 (2013)

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Flower Power Game Boy Advance Front Cover Booster pack

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Control butterfree as he collects nectar from flowers. The goal is to collect as much nectar as possible before being...

Flower Shop: Big City Break Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2009)

When Meg buys a flower shop on a small island, it's up to you to help her turn it into...

Windows (2008)

flowers of error is an abstract shoot-em-up developed for the 2008 Toronto Game Jam. Players control a small white circle...

Commodore 64 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1982)

In this game, you and two other men, George and Floyd, are on a mission to rescue a girl who...

Atari 8-bit (1983)

The game is a remake of original Floyd of the Jungle with the following changes: Game is rewritten in machine...

Commodore 64 (1985)

The sewers in the major cities of the world are in crisis and need a good cleaning and removing creatures...

Flugsimulatoren für Microsoft Windows Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The compilation Flugsimulatoren für Microsoft Windows includes the following five games: Airbus A320 Die Jagd auf den Roten Baron F-16...

Wii (2010)

Fluidity is a puzzle game for Wii. Its gameplay is based entirely around the Wii Remotes' tilt sensors. A magic...

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Fluid-Kha is a platform game. The player was shifted in time to the ancient Egypt. Crossing through the pyramid of...

Flunky Commodore 64 Front Cover

Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

A Flunky is a male servant who must do routine jobs for his masters; in this game you are a...

Flushed Away PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006) and GameCube (2006)

In this game, based on Aardman Animation's first computer animated movie with 3D graphics, you control a pair of rats:...

Flux Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Flux is a Direct X puzzle game for Windows. It features ray-traced graphics with many options to customize the game...

Flyboys Squadron Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2009)

Flyboys Squadron is a World War I flight simulator based on the 2006 movie Flyboys. Players get to fly 10...

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

In the world of Flyer Fox, civil aviation has become a highly dangerous endeavor. Aerial terrorists routinely shoot down commercial...

DOS (1991)

Flygame is a single-player, freeware, adware game from MorrafWare. It was issued so that other companies could put their name...

Browser (2005)

Fly Girrl is a 2D side-scrolling platform game where a girl in a club needs to jump on dorks to...

Amiga (1993), Commodore 64 (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Your homeland's precious limited energy is being taken advantage of by the evil Thargoid Empire, and you and your spaceship...

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